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Aging and Technology Research

School of Public Health and Health Professions

Home Safety Self Assessment Tool (HSSAT)

In the United States one in every three seniors over the age of 65 years fall each year. And falls are the leading cause of injury, disability, nursing home placement, and death. In order to prevent falls at home, the Occupational Therapy Geriatric Group at the University at Buffalo created the Home Safety Self Assessment Tool as a part of combined effort with the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York to disseminate information regarding how to prevent falls in Erie County, NY.

Studies for Evidence-Based Practice

The HSSAT consists of three sections: the home safety self-assessment checklist, a listing of home modification service providers, and other services available locally.

The Home Safety Self Assessment Checklist (version 4.0)

Fall Prevention Resources

Home Modification Service Providers

Lists service providers in Erie County who perform home modifications such as installing grab bars and railings, or widening the doorway of a bathroom. These service providers responded to our request to develop this list. They are insured and have experience in home modification and remodeling, and are willing to perform a small job at your home.

Other Resources

Provides you other services related to home modification.


John A. Nyquist, MS, CMI
Board Certified Medical Illustrator
Office of the VP for Health Sciences, UB

Dean J. Carroll, OTR/L
President, Home Accessibility Consultation

Jim Peron
Director, Design and Fabrication Shop
Center for Assistive Technology, UB

Derek Farkas
IT, School of Public Health and Health Professions, UB

Christine Oddo, MS
Director, CAT Client Services
Center for Assistive Technology, UB

Linda S. Russ, PhD, OTR/L
D'Youville College

Nadine Fisher, EdD
Department of Rehabilitation Science, UB

Rich Bogdan
Buffalo, NY

Kathy Stanton, RN, MSN
Aging and Technology Research, UB

OT Program Graduate Students

  • Sheela Rajendran, OTR/L, MS
  • Sumandeep Saharan, MS, OT
  • Emily Haggerty OTR/L, MS

OT Geriatric Group, Department of Rehabilitation Science, UB

  • Machiko R. Tomita, PhD
  • Jo Schweitzer, MS, OTR/L
  • Susan Nochajski, PhD, OTR/L

Organization Acknowledgements (In alphabetical order)

Contact Information

Machiko R. Tomita, PhD
Department of Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo
631 Kimball Tower, Buffalo, New York 14214
Phone: 716-829-6740
E-mail: machikot@buffalo.edu

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